Journal of General Internal Medicine

, 24:1095

Use of Colon Cancer Testing in Rural Colorado Primary Care Practices

  • Linda Overholser
  • Linda Zittleman
  • Allison Kempe
  • Caroline Bublitz Emsermann
  • Desiree B. Froshaug
  • Deborah S. Main
  • Rodrigo Araya-Guerra
  • Maret Felzien
  • John M. Westfall
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-009-1063-0

Cite this article as:
Overholser, L., Zittleman, L., Kempe, A. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2009) 24: 1095. doi:10.1007/s11606-009-1063-0

Abstract

Background

People living in rural areas may be less likely to be up to date (UTD) with screening guidelines for colorectal cancer (CRC).

Objectives

To determine (1) rates of being UTD with screening or ever having had a test for CRC and (2) correlates for testing among patients living in a rural area who visit a provider.

Design

Cross-sectional survey.

Participants

Five hundred seventy patients aged 50 years and older who visited their health-care provider in High Plains Research Network (HPRN) practices.

Measurements

(1) Ever having had a CRC screening test, (2) being UTD with CRC screening, and (3) intention to get tested.

Results

The survey completion rate was 65%; 71% of patients had ever had any CRC screening test, while 52% of patients were UTD. Correlates of intending to get tested included having a family history of CRC, having a doctor recommend a test, knowing somebody who got tested, and believing that testing for CRC gives one a feeling of being in control of their health. Of those who had never had a CRC screening test, 12% planned on getting tested in the future, while 55% of those who were already up to date intended to be tested again (p < 0.001).

Conclusions

Prevalence of being UTD with CRC testing in the HPRN was on par with statewide CRC testing rates, but over three quarters of patients who had not yet been screened had no intention of getting tested for CRC, despite having a medical home.

KEY WORDS

colorectal cancer screeningrural health carePractice-Based Research Network (PBRN)

Copyright information

© Society of General Internal Medicine 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Overholser
    • 1
  • Linda Zittleman
    • 2
  • Allison Kempe
    • 3
    • 5
  • Caroline Bublitz Emsermann
    • 2
  • Desiree B. Froshaug
    • 2
  • Deborah S. Main
    • 4
  • Rodrigo Araya-Guerra
    • 2
  • Maret Felzien
    • 6
  • John M. Westfall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of Colorado-DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Colorado-DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Colorado-DenverDenverUSA
  4. 4.The Colorado Health Outcomes ProgramUniversity of Colorado-DenverDenverUSA
  5. 5.The Children’s Outcomes Research Program, The Children’s HospitalDenverUSA
  6. 6.Community Advisory Council, High Plains Research NetworkDenverUSA